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Oklahoma men's basketball: Sooners should not take Cyclones for granted

OU is back preparing to get better. And the Sooners, says senior Romero Osby, have a lot to improve on their game.
BY STEPHANIE KUZYDYM Published: March 10, 2013
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photo - Oklahoma Sooners' Amath M'Baye (22) drives by Baylor Bears' Deuce Bello (14) in the second half as the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) men defeat the Baylor University Bears (BU) 90-76 in NCAA, college basketball at The Lloyd Noble Center on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013  in Norman, Okla. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma Sooners' Amath M'Baye (22) drives by Baylor Bears' Deuce Bello (14) in the second half as the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) men defeat the Baylor University Bears (BU) 90-76 in NCAA, college basketball at The Lloyd Noble Center on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013 in Norman, Okla. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman

3. Regain confidence in the 3-pointer (Steven Pledger's the most)

The Sooners went 0-for-16 from beyond the arc. That shatters some confidence – especially in the guard who is known for making them: Steven Pledger.

4. Come ready to play

Osby said in the post-game that the Horned Frogs landed the first punch, but Oklahoma should have been ready regardless. Iowa State finished with the same conference record as Oklahoma. The Cyclones most likely won't make it as easy for Oklahoma to try and mount a comeback.

5. Focus on game day

Oklahoma had two short practices last week, and when the clock started, it didn't seem like they were ready to play at their normal level. Unlike the game against Texas, when the Sooners were focused from the start and just had seven bad minutes of play near the end, against TCU the Sooners struggled to accrue sound possessions in the first half. Focusing on the Iowa State game as one that isn't already a W should help the Sooners look more like when they upset Kansas rather when they lost to TCU.